Capital Project Vote - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Carmel High School (for residents of the Hamlet of Carmel, Putnam Valley and Southeast)
Kent Elementary School (residents of Kent and East Fishkill)
Matthew Patterson Elementary School (residents of Patterson)

Last December voters in the Carmel Central School District community rejected a large capital project.  Following that vote the Board of Education sharpened their pencils to present a substantially scaled-down project. The items in the proposed project are designed to address critical infrastructure issues, library improvements at GFMS, ADA accessibility compliance, and replacement of an aging and out-of-compliance transportation facility. Please review the information about the project and make an informed decision at the polls on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.


Spotlight on Carmel Schools--Special Edition on the Capital Project (Video)

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We’d like to share some of the questions we have heard regarding the Capital Project.  If you have a question please send an email to so that we may respond.  We encourage you to get the facts and make an informed decision at the polls on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.


  Here are some of the questions we've heard  


Here are the highlights:

Total cost of projects (not the taxpayer share):  $25,488,956*
Total NYS Building Aid:  $20,901,955

  • ROOF REPLACEMENTS - All or part of the roofs at all five school buildings have reached the end of their useful life. $12,365,167. Click for more details.
  • LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS - The current GFMS library is original to the building (1970's). Improvements will be made to modernize the space for 21st Century learning $585,140. Click for more details.
  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE - Make identified areas in each school accessible to provide equal opportunities for all. $822,095. Click for more details.
  • TRANSPORTATION FACILITY - Purchase land and construct a new transportation facility that can house our 120+ vehicles and will be compliant with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. $11,706,555. Click for more details.
*does not include bond interest payments of $10,780,102

Here is the bottom line:

The average cost for a homeowner with an average assessed house valued at $350,000 at the peak period for this project (2021-2027) is $6.33 per year.

The remainder of the cost for this project is to be paid for by:

  • CCSD debt service falling off in coming years
  • A substantial portion of the project is eligible for NYS building aid at the District's current rate of 60%.


A look at current conditions

More details on the financial impact

Timing of construction and subsequent financing is designed to coincide with the expiration of old debt payments (see below). If approved, construction and payments would begin in the 2020-2021 school year. Below is the estimated tax levy increase/decrease.

Expiring Debt:
2018-2019 -- $1,000,000 (2004 Bonds)
2020-2021 -- $112,000 (BOCES Capital Project)
2026-2027 -- $1,100,000 (Energy Performance Contract & 2007 Bonds)
2027-2028 -- $1,200,000 (2007 Bonds)
2029-2030 -- $433,650 (2013 Bonds)

% Tax Levy Increase/Decrease
2018-2019 -- No effect
2019-2020 -- No effect
2020-2021 -- 0.058%
2021-2022 -- 0.069%
2022-2023 -- 0.166%
2023-2024 -- 0.044%
2024-2025 -- 0.028%
2025-2026 -- 0.027%
2026-2027 -- (-0.937%)
2027-2028 -- (-0.676%)
2028-2029 -- 0.174%
2029-2030 -- (-0.005%)
2030-2031 -- (-0.466%)
2031-2032 -- 0.000%
2032-2033 -- 0.004%

About the wording on the ballot

What does the ballot language mean?


How does it read on the ballot?

While the District must word the ballot according to NYS law, the taxpayers’ share of the cost is far less than the stated amount $25,488,957. This is because with the District’s favorable building aid ratio, we will receive up to 60% in New York State aid on a large portion of the proposed projects. In addition, the project has been timed to take advantage of debt service from previous project that will be falling off in coming years.


The project will be bonded over time and monies will not be borrowed until it is needed. If approved, construction is expected to begin in the 2020-2021 school year. Based upon the 2018-19 tax levy, taxpayers would see no impact on taxes until the 2020-21 school year. From 2021-22 through 2026-2027 the average levy increase would be 0.065%. After 2026-2027 the average levy would actually decrease in 4 out of the succeeding 5 years due to retiring debt service.



(a) That the Board of Education of the Carmel Central School District, in the Counties of Putnam and Dutchess, New York (the “District”), is hereby authorized to construct  improvements to District school buildings, and to acquire land and construct a new transportation facility and youth ball field thereon, substantially as described in a plan dated June 13, 2018, entitled “Carmel CSD Proposed Bond” prepared for the District by Sammel Architecture PLLC, and to expend therefor an amount not to exceed $25,488,957; (b)  that a tax in the amount of not to exceed $25,488,957 is hereby voted to pay the cost thereof, such tax to be levied and collected in installments in such years and in such amounts as shall be determined by said Board of Education; and (c)  that in anticipation of said tax, bonds of the District are hereby authorized to be issued in the principal amount of not to exceed $25,488,957 and a tax is hereby voted to pay the interest on said bonds as the same shall become due and payable.